Fall Essential Oils

Fall is here!! Let’s look at what the top essential oils are to use for Fall body care recipes and essential oil blends! These oils bring the aromas and joys of the Fall season!

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Fall Essentials!




Roller Bottle Blend: Relaxation

I love using roller bottles for essential oils! This is a great way to to safely put essential oils on your skin. For this particular blend of relaxation I would put this on my wrist, on my neck near my hairline, or on my inner ankle.

Supplies Needed:


  1. First I put all the drops of essential oils in the roller bottle. In general roller bottles should have 10-15 drops of oil depending on your skin sensitivity.
  2. Use small funnel to fill the rest of the bottle.
  3. Put on roller top and lid! Enjoy!

Homemade Lip Balm

Finding the right moisturizer for your lips cane be so difficult! I have tried so many different brands of lip balms and was not satisfied. Sometimes it was because my lips were still feeling raw and other times was because they were too greasy. I found this recipe from Karla, on Ecoliving Mama and love it!! I have made this for several people, and they have enjoyed using it too! It is so simple to make!

Supplies Needed:

*These portions make 12 tubes of lip balm

  • Double Boiler, I don’t have double boiler and so I use a large pot and a 1-quart glass measuring cup.
  • Lip Balm Tubes and tube holder, I get mine from Hobby Lobby
  • Potholder
  • 3-4 tsp of beeswax, depending on how firm you want you lip balm to be
  • 4 tsp shea butter, I use the NOW brand that I bought from Amazon
  • 2 tsp cocoa butter
  • 10 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • 2 tsp jojoba oil
  • 2 tsp castor oil


  1. Fill the large pot halfway with water. Sometimes I add or take out water depending on how it boils with the glass measuring cup in it. Turn the stove on medium to high heat for the water to boil
  2. Put the cocoa butter, beeswax and shea butter in the glass measuring cup. These will take longest to melt. Place the measuring cup inside the pot. The hot water will warm the glass cup for the ingredients to melt together.
  3. Once the beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter have melted you can add in the rest of the ingredients and stir the melted mixture together.
  4. Once all the ingredients are in liquid form and stirred together you can turn off the water and use a potholder to remove the glass measuring cup. Gently pour the mixture into the lip balm tubes. This can be messy so be careful! I typically also buy the tube holder from Hobby Lobby to secure the tubes and catch any overflow.
  5. Once it is solidified in the tube, enjoy your new lip balm! Like all lip balms it will melt if exposed to high heat.


Karla (2020). How to Make Lip Balm at Home with Natural Ingredients (ecolivingmama.com)

Face Toner Recipe

Why I Use Face Toner

I love using face toner!

A few years ago I didn’t even know it existed! I first used Thatcher’s Face Toner. I really enjoyed using it and loved how it cleaned my skin deeply. I wanted to learn how to make my own face toner to save money. I first did research on Pinterest to find different face toner recipes. The one below is the one that I use regularly!

I found that using the face toner every day has cut down on blemishes and I used to get eczema on my face and I haven’t since using the toner. I didn’t know at the time, but witch hazel has the ability to help with inflammation and eczema. I have made this recipe for several family members. One of my cousins who has struggled with acne most of her life has found that it works better than anything she has tried before. I also made it for my grandma and she did not like the feel of the toner on her skin. Everyone’s skin is so different, but this could be a great addition to your skin care routine.


  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • Witch Hazel 4 Tbsp
  • Lavender Essential Oil 15 drops
  • Water
  • Citric Acid 1/2 tsp, I get mine from Hobby Lobby or Amazon, but they also sell it in grocery stores with the canning supplies.
  • Vegetable Glycerin 1 Tbsp


  1. Put witch hazel, glycerin, citric acid, and lavender essential oil in spray bottle. I use an amber glass spray bottle. I get mine either at Fresh Thyme or Amazon.
  2. Fill rest of the bottle up with water.
  3. Put lid on and shake to mix. Shake before each use.

September Vegetable Spotlight: Eggplant

This is a blog spotlight about egg plant being in season in September and the fun of trying new foods.

If you are anything like me, you may not know what vegetables and fruits are in season. In Ohio, one of the vegetables in season in September is the mysterious Eggplant. Besides being a beautiful color, eggplant is nutritious and a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and antioxidants (Link, 2017).

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One of my neighbors had a ripened eggplant in her garden that she was not going to use and generously gave it to me to try. I have eaten eggplant at Olive Garden before, which was of course delicious, and had tried to cook it once for myself and it did NOT go so well. I ventured to try cooking egg plant again! This time I used an air fryer, which by the way is amazing and I would highly recommend it. I found a recipe that sounded good and went for it! One thing to know about me is that I am terrible at following recipe directions. I tend to take the instructions as suggestions and just do what I think sounds like it would be tasty and I don’t always measure. Because of this I am not here to give cooking advice, but want to spot light some vegetables and fruits to try each month.

The original recipe I used was by Holly, on Spend with Pennies (2021). I first cut the eggplant into slices and sprinkled salt on top to get out any extra moisture. After leaving it for about a half hour I used a paper towel to press out any excess moisture. I then dipped the eggplant in a bowl of whisked eggs and then in a bowl with panko, parmesan cheese, and seasonings. Then I cooked it in the air fryer. for 12 minutes on 380 degrees and flipped the slices after 6 minutes. The eggplant was soft and went well with quinoa and brown rice noodles and tomato basil sauce. Consider giving eggplant a try this month and find a recipe that fits the cooking tools and equipment you have at home!

Egg Plant Breaded with Panko and Parmesan Cheese

Leave a comment if you try a recipe with egg plant this month!



Link, R. (2017). 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Eggplants. Health Line. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eggplant-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

Holly (2021). Air Fryer Eggplant. Spending with Pennies. https://www.spendwithpennies.com/air-fryer-eggplant/#wprm-recipe-container-203892